Word of the Week: Inchoate

I’ve seen this word several times, but I’ve only ever seen it written. Until today, I was pronouncing it “in-cho-te” which is wrong, according to the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day. After clicking on the speaker next to the word, I realized it’s pronounced “in-koh-ut”. And I believe I said this one out loud a few times, hah!

Inchoate – adj. – imperfectly formed or formulated

Example from my writing: “Ophelia recognized the inchoate yellow flowers of the rue plant which, as her grandmother taught her, are edible and can be used to treat headaches, arthritis, and muscle spasms.”

Now that I know how to pronounce this, I’m going to try to use it in conversation five times this week. I’ll report back!

Thanks for reading,



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